Let EVERYONE die?!


Your aircraft carrying sixteen passengers crashes. Nine of you survive but only four can fit on the only life raft available. The age of the survivors ranges from 10 to 60 years and includes a minister and an epileptic; the closest distance to shore is one and a half days. Who would you save?

Also note that the crash is in the Pacific Ocean – sharks!, complete radio failure, and you have twenty minutes to decide who can use the life raft.

This is a perfect example of the group exercise large law firms use to assess applicants. To arrive at an assessment day means that (based on typical large ‘Magic Circle’ city law firms) 400 out of 4000 applicants have been successful thus far in the process.

Typically each person will be monitored by one assessor who will grade you brutally, using a grade scale from 1 to 4. This is unusual as scales are usually 1 to 5. This is intentional to force the assessor to be precise as possible which means you will either be ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’, no in-between. The skills being assessed include but are not limited to –

  • Leadership
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Resilience
  • Communication

Another bit of information in regards to assessment is extracurricular activities amount to (approximately) 25% of overall score.

This knowledge is paramount for any career but especially if you want to practice law. However, to my surprise, there were only six students in attendance at the workshop held last week at BPP University (Waterloo) by Joe Wilkes, Head of Careers Law and Health – London and South. He is a former employee (recruitment) of a leading law firm and the entire team at BPP  Waterloo Careers is similarly able to assist.

Joe Wilkes, Head of Careers, BPP

If you are a Law student at the Waterloo Campus, Joe Wilkes will be targeting CVs and cover letters on Wednesday November 16.

Also, if you have not, do sign up to ‘Career Hub’ on the vle – so much great material and you can book a one-on-one appointment to assess the progress of your career – what should you be doing right now?

Looks a little like this …

Career Ready Hub


Head over to my blog and leave your comments or questions if you need further directions. Please subscribe to stay up to date with being career ready.


The content of this post is not to be taken as legal advice.

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